Tax Ethics 2013 Update: Understanding IRS Circular 230

Date: Monday, December 2, 2013
Instructor: Stuart P Sobel
Begin Time:  9:00am Pacific Time
10:00am Mountain Time
11:00am Central Time
12:00pm Eastern Time
CPE Credit:  2 hours for CPAs
2 hours Ethics for EAs and OTRPs
2 hours Ethics for CTEC

Interpreting the tax law for the benefit of a taxpayer is a challenging task. Ethical dilemmas will continually arise, and practitioners must weigh the consequences of their moral choices to determine if their decisions are proper. Although there is always the risk that the client will not want to receive the interpretation or the advice that the practitioner provides, the tax professional must do the "right" thing.

This updated course will help the practitioner to understand requirements, resolve dilemmas, and protect their clients to the full extent allowed by law. Circular 230 governs the practice of CPAs, attorneys, enrolled agents, actuaries, and appraisers before the IRS. The course will also discuss practice situations that are covered by other IRS policies and practices delineated in the Internal Revenue Manual.

Who Should Attend
Any practitioner who needs an update on the circular 230.

Topics Covered

  • IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
  • Circular 230 as a summarization of treasury regulations
  • Persons able to practice before the IRS
  • Definitions of practice
  • Furnishing information to the IRS
  • Knowledge of a client's omission
  • Diligence to accuracy
  • Reliance on other persons
  • Unconscionable and contingent fees
  • Permitted solicitation
  • Client records in fee payment disputes
  • Conflicting interests
  • Best practices for tax advisors when providing written opinions
  • IRS authority to disbar or suspend a practitioner
  • IRS policy statement dealing with multiple year failure- to-file situations and barred statute of limitations
  • Powers of attorney
  • 2012 changes for Registered Tax Preparers, firm responsibilities for staff compliance, electronic filing mandates, new sanctions, and more

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the purpose and responsibilities of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
  • Evaluate actions taken in the representation of clients to determine if they are in compliance with Circular 230
  • Identify proper fee charges for clients in IRS practice issues
  • Express to their clients actions that are considered improper in the filing of tax returns and could result in the assertion of IRS penalties
  • Initiate a written tax opinion to a client
  • Understand the possible disciplinary actions that the IRS can assert against tax practitioners in specific ethical situations


Live webinar

Instructional Method
Group: Internet-based

NASBA Field of Study
Regulatory Ethics (2 hours)

Program Prerequisites

Advance Preparation

Registration Options
*Note: 3 or more qualifies for discounted Group Participant Fee

Regular Fee$79
Group Participant Fee$59
Unlimited Webinar Pass Fee$0

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